Brittany by Rail Escorted Tour

6 nights starting from
£899

  • Dramatic coastal scenery – the Côte de Granit Rose
  • Pre-historic monuments – Carnac is cloaked in mystery
  • Distinctive local Breton character – Brittany retains its unique customs and traditions
  • Ancient abbeys – Mont St Michel is spectacular
  • Fortified walled towns – Vannes, Fougères, Dinan and St Malo

This rewarding tour will give you a taste of the real Breton character from ancient sites such as Neolithic Carnac, typical towns including Dinan and Dinard, majestic castles like Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel and dramatic scenery, the pink cliffs of the Cote de Granit Rose being of particular note. Based in the lively regional capital Rennes, your lovely central hotel is housed in the old printworks of the Ouest France newspaper. 

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Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 16th July 2020 at 09:22

Returning: 22nd July 2020 at 17:36

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris and onwards to Rennes by TGV. On arrival, transfer by coach to the Mercure Rennes Centre Parlement.

Day 2:  Full day tour to Carnac and Vannes. 
Mysterious Carnac is one of Europe’s most important prehistoric sites, in use since 5700BC. Around 2,000 menhirs (megalithic stones) stand in parallel rows north of the delightful town. Pass through the gateway Porte St- Vincente of Vannes’ walled and well-preserved old town and you enter a stroller’s paradise of lively squares, winding streets overhung by timber fronted houses and charming gardens. Busy, modern Vannes has plenty of grand public buildings and fascinating museums.


Day 3:  Full day tour to Mont-Saint-Michel and Fougères.
The breath-taking Mont-Saint-Michel is definitely worth a quick sojourn into Normandy. The island commune has been the seat of a monastery since the 8th century though it was at its most influential in the 12th and 13th centuries as a pilgrimage site. The abbey, unchanged for centuries, crowns the island, the village at its foot full of shops and restaurants. En route, we will visit the fortress town of Fougères which is protected by ramparts. Its impressive château comprises 13 towers and walls over 3 metres thick.


Day 4:  Full day to relax and explore Rennes at your leisure.
Rennes, the regional capital is a likeable, lively city. Though much of the historic centre was rebuilt in the 1720s following a devastating fire, there are still medieval gems to be found amongst the grand 18th century replacements. For an excellent overview of life in Brittany since prehistoric times visit the Museé de Bretagne whilst the Musée des Beaux Arts is notable for its paintings and drawings collection.


Day 5:  Full day tour to Dinan, Dinard and Saint- Malo.
The medieval walled town of Dinan sits on a hilltop overlooking the River Rance. Some of its many historical buildings date back to the 13th century and the city walls are excellent for a stroll that will lead you to the Château de Dinan. Belle Époque villas and sandy beaches made Dinard France’s top resort until the 1930s and attracted many famous names including Picasso, Debussy and Winston Churchill. Saint-Malo is a walled port city that was once notorious for piracy. Today the only treasure is the elegant, old architecture, particularly the superb citadel at the city’s heart.


Day 6:  Full day tour to Côte du Granit Rose and Paimpol.
The picturesque Côte du Granit Rose gets its name from its reddish-pink granite cliffs, the stone from which has also been used for many of the area’s buildings. Paimpol is a charming Breton fishing port with cobbled streets and a Quartier Latin.


Day 7Transfer by coach back to Rennes station to catch the return TGV to Lille. At Lille, board the return Eurostar service to St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 35 passengers.  

NEW FOR 2020 
Further to analysis of questionnaires received from many hundreds of our valued clients, we have decided to introduce two key changes to our tours in 2020:

1. The group size on all overseas tours is to be limited to a maximum of 35 or lower.

2. All overseas tours will include a welcome drink on the first evening, so that guests can get to know each other.

We hope that these changes will enhance our tours for all participants.

INCLUDED

  • Return Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Rennes via Paris/Lille including transfer in Paris
  • Six nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the four-star Mercure Rennes Centre  
  • Transfers and full coach touring itinerary as detailed above conducted by tour manager
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Standard Premier / 1st class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On the Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg.
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls.
  • Porterage and gratuities.

PLEASE NOTE: As with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras and Paris, but bags do need to be carried on to the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890

HOTELS

Mercure Rennes Centre Parlement
The hotel sits on a quiet street in the very heart of Rennes, just a few minutes’ walk from both the train station and the city’s historic centre. Hotel rooms are spacious and bright, offering a private bathroom with bath and hairdryer, air-conditioning, television, WIFI and minibar. The hotel also has a breakfast room and a bar that serves light meals.

Mercure Rennes Centre Parlement website

OUR VIEW ON THE HOTEL
Housed in the old printworks of the Ouest France newspaper, the hotel is well-located on a quiet street close to the pedestrianized streets of the historic centre, and a stone’s throw from a wealth of restaurants and shops.

Pre-tour accommodation is available at the Premier Inn, London Kings Cross St Pancras, about a 5 minutes walk from St Pancras International, at an approximate rate of £120 per room. Bookings can be made direct with the hotel on 0871 527 8672 or visit their website.

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Stonehenge on Steroids is one way of describing the extraordinary array of megaliths at Carnac, the destination of the first excursion from Rennes. I found the extent and scale of the site almost overwhelming. My little Guide Book names it as the best place to see in Brittany and I can see why. If you look at a map of Brittany, find Rennes almost in the centre and then imagine a spider - Itsy Bitsy, Charlotte, call it what you will. Its body is Rennes and the legs are the roads to the coast, north, south, east and west we travelled daily to see the fabulous sights of Brittany. South east to Vannes for the morning before travelling to Carnac. I cheated and jumped on Le Petit Train which went through the medieval old town past the carvings of Vannes et sa femme adorning a corner of a Maison de Vannes and the cathedral and still got back in time for a delicious lunch at L’Atlantique. The stormy weather did not spoil the visit to Le Mont-Saint-Michel on the north coast, the abbey, with its statue of St Michel crowning the spire, last seen by me on TV at the Grand Depart of Le Tour de France in 2016! The sun had come out for the brief visit to Fougères, which, with its round towers and conical roofs reminded me more than a little of Carcassonne. Rennes is a good base to see Brittany. The Mercure Hotel was very good, its air conditioning keeping us cool in ever increasing heat. Plenty of restaurants close by and I enjoyed my visit to le Musee de Beaux-Arts, especially when I found a beautiful White Iris painting by the American artist Georgia O’Keefe on loan from Madrid. The legs of our spider might not be too interesting, mainly fringed by small fields of maize and the occasional black and white cow, conifer and deciduous trees and purple-pink heather but the destinations are perfect. Terry Regan, our experienced Tour Manager, ensured we were familiar with the history, sometimes very gory, of the places we visited and Valerie, our driver, delivered us safely and smoothly to all our destinations. I loved Dinan with its medieval centre and again jumped on le Petit Train which went down to the river and back. At Dinard, right on the sandy beach with its rows of little blue and white striped tents, I enjoyed my lunch, Moules & Frites and a glass of Muscadet which set me up nicely for the visit to the imposing granite walled citadel of St Malo. Paimpol is a very pretty fishing port and we visited on market day where I bought delicious local cherries and apricots. Sitting out of the sun in a cafe on the quayside, I enjoyed a coffee and a chat with some locals who were very impressed with the TV quality on my iPhone. Fortunately, I had been able to keep up with le Tour de France as it headed towards the Pyrenees and its first high altitude stage. Did you see Julian Alaphillippe in his race leader’s yellow skin suit, win Stage 13, the Time Trial at Pau? Beating our Geraint Thomas by 14 seconds it was one of the most exciting stages of the race. The second rest day seemed a long time coming. In 2011, I travelled with Travel Editions to Brittany, staying on the west coast and visiting many coastal places. This present Tour is an excellent way to see Brittany and another very successful Tour. Thanks again, Travel Editions.

Review by Richardson who travelled 18-July-2019


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Well organised tour with an excellent tour manager. Varied itinerary. Nice to be able to eat out and experience the ambience of the city. Plenty of restaurants within easy reach of the hotel, many of them recommended by Terry.

Review by Funnell who travelled 18-July-2019


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Terry is an excellent guide with a wealth of information and he has a pleasant manner for dealing with folk. The hotel breakfast was excellent, there was something for everyone. The hotel was in a quiet city location but close to cafes, bars and bistros so finding an evening meal was interesting. We enjoyed our trip immensely.

Review by Holvey who travelled 19-July-2018


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A very good holiday thanks in no small measure to Terry Regan, our excellent tour guide. He was a mine of useful and interesting information about Brittany, particularly its history (even the gory bits!) , but we never felt overwhelmed. All his recommendations proved to be worth following on where to eat and what to see especially the truly fabulous son et lumiere in Rennes. The highlights for us were Vannes, Carnac and Dinan ( where we would have loved to have spent the day ). The only drawback was that it was too busy for us at this time of the year. The hotel breakfasts were excellent and Rennes a very good centre.

Review by Plumb who travelled 19-July-2018


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Thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, but it would have been nice if at least some evening meals were included. It was sometimes quite an effort having to go out and find a restaurant, especially as we're vegetarian, after a full day's tour. That said, there was no lack of good restaurants. Most of the tours were very good to excellent. We could have done with more time at the Carnac prehistoric site than the 1hr 30 mins we spent there - especially as you feature the Carnac stones on your tour publicity - but we realise that we are probably in a minority in that respect. We enjoyed all the visits, with the exception of Paimpol market on the last day - this was an overcrowded scrum with few redeeming features which you can get anywhere and we couldn't quite see the point of stopping there. It would have been far more preferable to have made straight for the wonderful Cote du Granit Rose location and been able to spend a longer time there. You need a 'Very Good' rating between 'Good' and 'Excellent' - sometimes one wants to say better than good but not necessarily excellent.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Brittany. The tour manager, Terry, was extremely knowledgeable and professional. The trips were interesting and well organised (though the last was perhaps a half hour too long). The hotel was very well located and the breakfasts unusually good for France. Our only criticism is that we would have preferred a half - or semi half- board basis rather than just b and b. This enables members of the group to get to know each other better.

Review by Bailey who travelled 19-July-2018


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There was a lot of coach driving/sitting which proved a little too long.

Review by who travelled 19-July-2018


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Apart from a person using hotel bowl to feed dog at the table which receptionist thought was ok....?however we did not like it.

Review by who travelled 19-July-2018


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A busy trip with very knowledgeable TM to scenic and interesting places. Air-conditioned coach very welcome.

Review by Hawkes who travelled 19-July-2018


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Free day in Rennes would have been better on a weekday as shops would have been open.

Review by Mr Godfrey Wall who travelled 25-August-2016


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Excellent trip lovely coast line. Had a very good time

Review by Mr Peter Noble who travelled 25-August-2016


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Review by Mr John Thorpe who travelled 25-August-2016


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As always we thoroughly enjoyed our trip to France. A special word of thanks to our Tour Manager Terry ( sorry I cannot remember his surname) who was excellent, always on time, very informative, he certainly knows France & its history extremely well. We look forward to having him as our Tour Manager again.

Review by Mrs Janette Healy who travelled 25-August-2016


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Thank you for another well organised trip. Our tour manager, Terry, imparted his extensive knowledge of the area to us, a bonus for us history buffs! We are looking forward to our next trip with you.

Review by Miss Joanna Gillis who travelled 21-July-2016


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A really enjoyable tour. Comfortable hotel, had tea & coffee making facilities! Tour guide Terry very informative, and very helpful in finding places for evening meals. Comfortable coach for trips.

Review by Mr Michael Barnsley who travelled 21-July-2016


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Tour Manager very friendly, helpful, informative and well organised. Remained outwardly calm when member of party went missing. Overall a good selection of places to visit.

Review by Mr Peter Beck who travelled 21-July-2016


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We enjoyed the holiday and thought the hotel good but for the lack of safes in the room, which necessitated us keeping our valuables with us during the day. We enjoyed the companionship and information given by the tour manager. Also a good coach driver, who rescued us from the tractor drivers protest drive to Rennes.

Review by Mr Anthony Jackson who travelled 27-August-2015


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Terry was a really excellent tour manager and the holiday was most enjoyable. Of the sightseeing tours Vannes & Mont St Michel were outstanding and others were very good but I wonder how well the Cote du Granit Rose trip would have worked if it had been wet!

Review by Mr Tony Carr who travelled 27-August-2015


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Our party of 12 people were all in agreement that we had a exceptional holiday in Brittany. Special mention to our guide, Terry and the driver for the week Yannick, both of whom became friends to all.

Review by Mr Michael Jones who travelled 27-August-2015


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Terry was the best courier we have had. Hotel convenient for many excellent restaurants. There was a kettle in the room. Maid service variable.

Review by Miss Jane Robinson who travelled 27-August-2015


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Another excellent well organised tour. Terry is BRILLIANT,knows so much and is able to impart this in an easily understood way. He is also very funny.I also felt confident that he could cope with any problems that might arise.

Review by Mrs Davie who travelled 27-August-2015


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Terry was superb!

Review by Mrs Pauline Morris who travelled 27-August-2015


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We had a great holiday, the only problem was the weather but no one can guarantee to keep the rain away.

Review by Mr David Watson who travelled 23-July-2015


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We would like to add a few words of praise for the tour manager Terry Regan.He was especially helpful to us on two occasions, and looked after the whole party very well during the rail and coach journeys. The weather was mixed during the whole trip and we feel that an earlier date might have been better as some of places were rather crowded due to other holidaymakersmaking for the cafes and bars. The hotel was very comfortable but closing the bar in the evenings over the week end was a drawback.

Review by Mr Stanley Skinner who travelled 23-July-2015


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Great holiday in no small part due to Terry, our tour manager. Tireless and so good -humoured. Hotel excellent, very helpful staff, BUT cardboard cups?? Coach journey across Paris very poor; very stressful for passengers and Terry! So, downsides not really the fault of Travel Editions.

Review by Mr Brian Lawrence who travelled 23-July-2015


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Long trip to granite coast on the last day. Mont St. Michel a highlight. Hotel above average.

Review by Mr John Bromley who travelled 23-July-2015


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We couldn't have asked for a better tour manager than Terry. Nothing was too much trouble and he was always on hand, even when we finally arrived back at St Pancras.

Review by Mr D Moore who travelled 23-July-2015


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With hindsight, probably not a good selection of tour by me. Too much travel there and back and on the coach on day-trips relative to the being there and in nice places. Terry the tour manager was brilliant. The son-et-lumiere at Rennes was an unexpected bonus highlight.

Review by Mr A Willmore who travelled 23-July-2015


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This is the second time we have travelled with Terry Regan and we have found that he surpasses expectations of a tour manager both in knowledge of the country and helpfulness to the passengers.

Review by Mr & Mrs D Oates who travelled 28-August-2014


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Review by who travelled 28-August-2014


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Terry Regan is a first class tour manager with an encyclopaedic knowledge of France, the French and all the places we visited. He made a major contribution to the success of this tour and was very attentive to the needs of the group. The itinerary covered a good selection of towns in Brittany.

Review by Mr Michael Gear who travelled 28-August-2014


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Terry was a most helpful, interesting and knowledgeable tour manager

Review by Mrs Enid Davies who travelled 24-July-2014


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2 tours destinations in 1 day gives more time to enjoy the places. 3 destinations gives no time to appreciate the sites, otherwise very good

Review by Mr William Marsden who travelled 24-July-2014


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Very pleasurable holiday. I look forward to another holiday next year with anticipation. Lindsay O'Donnell

Review by Mrs Lindsay O'Donnell who travelled 24-July-2014


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Very happy with the whole experience.The only negative comment is ragrding timing of final day tour when timing of lunch was much too late. Would have been better to have had lunch at Paimpol and then on to the final destiation. Very happy with the Hotel Mercure, probably the best hotel we've stayed at with Travel Editions.

Review by Mrs Rhiannon Jones who travelled 24-July-2014


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Review by Mr Anthony Owens who travelled 24-July-2014


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